Is NYC on the Path to Rebound Post-Pandemic?

Sept. 11 changed everything in America, launching the nation into an era of “endless wars,” of once-unimaginable security protocols (especially at airports), of massive government investment in counterterrorism and surveillance – and, eventually, of an ever-more polarized politics. The 9/11 terror attacks also seemed to inaugurate an era of disaster in the United States. They were followed by the financial crisis of 2007-08, by the Great Recession, and, in 2020, by the twin scourges of the COVID-19 pandemic and a summer of some of the most destructive rioting and urban violence in the nation’s history. All these events… have scarred New York deeply. The city recovered from the earlier ones with impressive resilience. With young people returning in droves to the city after a year spent working remotely, it’s not unreasonable to believe that New York will recover from these recent shocks as well.

– Brian C. Anderson (New York Post)

The city has always recovered – either from the long, slow decline of the 1960s and 1970s or from the out-of-the-blue nightmare of Sept. 11. I have no doubt it will again. But to get the tourists back, we must focus first on core issues, the bedrock foundation of a safe, fun city. There’s been lots written about crime being out of control. Now, realistically, it’s nothing like the bad old days of the late 1980s and 1990s – but the perception is there. So, before we advertise how much fun there is to have here, we have to get that problem solved, literally and optically. Once the city takes care of the basics, of the core and of the needs of its residents, the needs of the tourists will follow naturally.

– Peter Madonia (Crain’s New York Business)

 

NYC’s Medallion Relief Program

[The Medallion Relief Program is] fuzzy math. The city’s overly optimistic projections are based on only three deals out of potentially thousands that have not taken place, and it’s too early to predict what will happen, especially since many pandemic-related loan dynamics have changed while this program was delayed.

– Matthew W. Daus, Esq. (Crain’s New York Business)

 

 

I’m sorry, it just doesn’t make any sense. What you do to one medallion you do to all of them. The reason the plan doesn’t make sense is the TLC hasn’t come forward to say, “Here are the exact number of medallions, which we found owe X amount of money in excess of the assessed value.”

– Christopher Lynn (Crain’s New York Business)

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Congestion Pricing

Should taxicab and Uber/Lyft rides into and out of the congestion zone be tolled on top of the FHV surcharges? No.

– Charles Komanoff (StreetsBlog)

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Justice?

[Nauman Hussain, manager of Prestige Limousine Company] could have faced up to four years in prison for allowing [his] limousine to fall into such disrepair that authorities called it a “death trap” by the time of the Oct. 6, 2018, crash. Yes, there is plenty of blame to go around, but Hussain was ultimately responsible for making sure his vehicles were safe. He didn’t do that… accepting a deal that is little more than a slap on the wrist is a slap in the face to the loved ones of the 20 people who died because of Hussain’s negligence.

The Daily Star Editorial Board

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Taxis Vs. HVFHVs?

I feel like [gig economy companies] haven’t succeeded in driving the entire industry out of business. A lot of people said these gig economy companies transformed the industry through the use of technology, but what they really did is they created an unrealistic market. In general, I feel the perception is we’re a more trustworthy company to deal with because we’re not rapidly changing and gamifying what [our drivers] earn or don’t earn from minute-to-minute or day-to-day.

–  Jason Gross, Curb (Business Insider)

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NYC’s Deadly Floods on September 1

It was bad, really bad. I was thinking I’m not going to come back home. It’s always hard when we work hard, and we risk our life like this. We expect something more [from companies like Lyft]. As a driver, I’m gonna say the driver deserves more, as an essential worker as a hero they deserve something more. They deserve health benefits, they deserve protection if drivers feel unsafe or something happens to the drivers.

– Mohammad Haque (Business Insider)

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Feeling Down? Try HALT

If you aren’t feeling your best, taking a moment to HALT is one of the best things you can do for your overall physical and mental health. HALT stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. Take a moment to reflect on whether you are feeling any of these things before reacting or making any impulsive decisions. When one or more of these things are out of balance, it is more than likely we will struggle with health and overall well-being as a result.

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